The Trial (also known as Le Procès) is a 1962 film directed by Orson Welles, based on the novel by Franz Kafka. It stars Anthony Perkins. Along with Chimes at Midnight, Welles considered this one of his best films.
Anthony Perkins stars in the main role of Josef K. The rest of the cast includes Jeanne Moreau, Suzanne Flon, Romy Schneider, Fernand Ledoux, Akim Tamiroff, Michael Lonsdale, Elsa Martinelli and Welles himself. Like many Welles films, The Trial was made outside the studio system with a very low budget and a haphazard shooting schedule. It was filmed mostly in the disused Parisian railway station, the Gare d'Orsay, with a French crew. Despite the problems he encountered during the project, The Trial is notable for being one of the few films other than Citizen Kane over which Welles had full control, and which was released in the form he intended. He was offered full control by the Salkind family, as long as he adapted an out-of-copyright literary masterpiece and made it in Yugoslavia. The deal collapsed in mid-shooting, and Welles had to relocate the picture to Paris.
Welles took great liberties with Kafka's novel and said he was more interested in 'capturing the essence of Kafka' than making a scrupulous interpretation of the book. 
- ↑ BBC Arena interview with Orson Welles, 1985
- Discussion and production notes at Rotten Tomatoes
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- The Twisted Beauty of The Trial